Invited to the 'Beckley Shoot' on the Merrick Estate in Hampshaire on Saturday my acceptance was immediate, but not particularly with Pheasants in mind. A chance to wander vast tracts of countryside, particularly unmanaged woodland, hardly ever trodden on by estate staff let alone the general public was hoped to be a certainty for Woodcock an addition to the Year List.
with the odd bird
already heading for the feeders and my first
of the year.
to our destination,
the content being mainly for animal feed.
the organiser of this particular event. along with
one of the majority that 'got away'.
SHEPHERDS PIE, CHEESE BOARD a Fine PORT and
the reckoning. Last year 500 Pheasants were released of which
just 86 were shot and ALL will be eaten. As for the
the 'Beaters' were briefed to alert me if one should be 'flushed'
which turned into a mammoth Mickey Take. By the 8th and final
'beat' if the shouts were to be believed there must have been over
100 of them. There were certainly 4 seen, but not by me, while none were shot
as they are not on the 'game' list!
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